Melissa Potter ~ Illinois

 
   
Melissa Potter: "A series of special projects engaging art and craft as social enterprise tools is an extension of my interest in alternatives to prescriptive social and capital models. They stem from a faith in the power of art as a vehicle for cultural change."
   
Gender Assignment: Caracas
Intensivo del Libro y Papel
Caracas, Venezuela May - June 2011

By Melissa Potter
[Chicago, Illinois]: Melissa Potter, 2012. Open Edition.

8.25 x 11"; 49 pages. Software: Adobe CS5 Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Type: Futura Condensed Medium, Futura Condensed ExtraBold, Futura Medium, Futura Medium Italic, and Futura Std Light. Saddle-stitch binding with glossy illustrated covers. Project concept by Melissa Potter; book concept by Kitty Hubbard and Melissa Potter; book design and photos by Melissa Potter.

Gender Assignment: Caracas is partly an account of Taller Intensivo del Libro y Papel, a collaborative project created by Alvaro González in collaboration with Columbia College Chicago. With the guidance of Potter and two Columbia College Chicago students, Haley Nagy and Maggie Puckett, ten Venezuelan visual artists worked for 4 weeks to create an artists' book interpreting the Yanomami story Pore Awë (the Spanish introduction of plantain, which became a stable crop of the Yanomami people). Near the end of the project Potter administered a test to study the gender-biased traits of the group. The results add spice to her report.

Melissa Potter, Introduction: "What gender is collaboration? The gender investigations continue, this time with an artists' book collaboration project in Caracas, Venezuela. On one of the last days of our work together, I administered a test to study the gender-biased traits of the group. ...

"Our project concept called on the team to collaborate on one book. According to Dave Pollard, an expert on knowledge management for the corporate world, ideal collaborators have a blend of traits including open-mindedness, curiosity, enthusiasm, as well as zealotry. They think differently; they risk unpopularity with their ideas. And, although it seems contradictory, they are simultaneously low maintenance. ...

"Although the gender test administered on the group in Caracas didn't chart these exact traits, there were some parallels."

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Gender Assignment
By Melissa Potter and Kitty Hubbard
Illinois : Self-published, 2011. Open Edition.

8.25 x 11"; 49 pages. Software: Adobe CS5 Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Type: Futura Condensed Medium, Futura Condensed ExtraBold, Futura Medium, Futura Medium Italic. Saddle-stitch binding.

Maria Alvardo and Jamie Butler, Gender Assignment Exhibition, University of Rochester: "As an artist interested in gender, Potter uses gender role assessment quizzes as a starting point to discuss gender normativity, as well as personal prejudices and privileges…. While Potter was a visiting artist at SUNY Brockport in Spring of 2010, Hubbard suggested that students take gender tests and create images in response to their results.

"The students decided as a group to organize the images alphabetically, with three sections: Androgynous, Feminine, and Masculine. Within each category, the images were organized alphabetically by student's last names, resulting in some provocative pairings throughout the sections."

Melissa Potter, Introduction: "This book is part of a larger body of work investigation gender as a form of social control and organization. I began undertaking gender role assessment quizzes as a starting point to locate my own compliance with gender normativity, as well as personal prejudices and privileges. One of these tests is the BEM Sex Role inventory invented by Sandra Lipsitz Bem. While being a visiting artist at SUNY Brockport in 2010, Associate Professor, Kitty Hubbard suggested we undertake the same test on students and explore the results in a print-on-demand book for her Digital 2 Class."
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Pulp, A Love Story
My Serbian Affair with Papermaking

By Melissa Potter and Vlada Veljasevic
[Chicago, Illinois]: Melissa Potter, 2010. Open Edition.

7.5 x 9.75"; 70 pages. Graphic novella in glossy illustrated softcover. Dos-à-dos binding. One side in English, the other in Serbian.

A comic book in English and Serbian about papermaking. Comics and story by Vlada Veljasevic and Melissa Potter, inspired by Potter's 2006 Fulbright in Serbia.

Melissa Potter, Introduction: "This graphic novella grew out of my Fulbright at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Belgrade where I built a papermaking studio with the help of Vlada Veljasevic, Adam Pantic, and Biljana Vukovic. Vlada immediately made drawings with the idea that students could get an easy start to papermaking once I left. Papermaking is a relatively unknown art medium in a lot of countries outside the US, and so this simple primer is meant to inspire readers to explore this great way of making art."


Melissa Potter, Hand Papermaking, Summer 2011: "Professor Vlada Veljasevic at the Faculty decided to write an instructional guide to papermaking in the form of a comic book, Pulp, A Love Story, for use with students. Vlada really understands paper, and can be quite hilarious. We worked out the how-to story line together, and I contributed a text and captions for the many illustrations. It was a hard slog translating my material from English to Serbian, then the Serbian portions into English. One difficulty was coming up with Serbian equivalents for papermaking's esoteric vocabulary, since papermaking had never been a craft tradition in Serbia."
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